Deontay Wilder has called out Anthony Joshua after his crushing first-round victory over a passive and disappointing Bermane Stiverne in NY today, a performance which looked spectacular but which won't unduly worry Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker.
Wilder told them to get the ambulance ready for his opponent on Saturday night (Sunday AEDT) and the heavyweight champion made good on his promise with a stunning TKO victory at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Bermane Stiverne went the distance the last time he squared off with Deontay Wilder.
American Wilder appeared to dismiss the prospect of fighting Britain's Dillian Whyte, who last weekend won an eliminator to put himself in a prime position to compete for a world title by claiming the vacant WBC silver heavyweight crown.
Watch Wilder knocking out Stiverne HERE. With Ortiz's failed test coming just a month ago, the WBC made Stiverne - who hadn't fought in two years - the mandatory. You want to do [Joshua-Wilder] at a soccer stadium in the United Kingdom, let's do it. Deontay Wilder will put Anthony Joshua to sleep the same way he just put Stiverne to sleep. But this finish was violently definitive and Wilder explained his frustrations afterward.
"So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it's been insane".
It wasn't long before the opening came as Wilder breached the high guard of "B".
Wilder knocked Stiverne to the canvas with a fierce right before flooring him again with a barrage of punches. It was elementary at that point.
Three years after the Alabaman won the title from Stiverne on points to became the first American to capture a piece of the heavyweight championship in almost a decade, he hasn't been taken the distance and the Stiverne who climbed through the ropes on Saturday was hardly the man for such a task.
"They are trying to give me a peasant in Dillian Whyte".
After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Wilder may lack a name on his record like Wladimir Klitschko, who Joshua stopped in the 11th round in April.
Still Wilder said he respected Stiverne's willingness to accept the challenge.
"I've been waiting for a long time baby". I know I'm the champion. Listen mate. I know I am the best.
While there may be other opponents out there, Wilder only has his sights set on one fighter.
He continued: "A king don't chase the peasants. A king takes kings", Wilder said. The world wants Joshua, the world want Wilder, I want Joshua.
After this display, the inevitable showdown before Wilder and Joshua is sure to be an absolute blockbuster.
Whether the Matchroom boss has a change of heart following Wilder's explosive win remains to be seen but there are many in the sport who would rather see Joshua share the ring with Wilder than with United Kingdom rival Tyson Fury - as proposed now. "No more excuses, let's make the fight happen!" "Make a date, don't wait", Wilder said.